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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Hi everyone! Today I have a Sizzix Christmas pop-up step-by-step tutorial to share, using Karen Burniston's pop 'n cuts system. When I saw Karen's video of a pop-up card with a floating floor, I knew I wanted to try the technique with small cut out photos popping up on the floor. Don't miss Karen's video, it is great, you can find it here.
I used photos from last year's Christmas card photo shoot. I have taken this year's Christmas photos, but haven't developed them yet, so last year's photos had to do. They were already developed in a small size, so it was just a case of picking which photos to use and cutting them out. This card was so hard to photograph, with all the photos popping up all over, everything couldn't be in focus at once. My son loves opening this card and seeing himself as Santa's little helper popping up all over the card. I think we we will use it as an ornament, he is going to be upset if I give it away.
This would work for lots of other types of cards and photos too, not only for Christmas.
Karen's great template and place it on your floating floor base. Make sure you place it so that the bottom of the template is at the top of your floor. Score along the dotted lines, since I made my card wider than the template, I just extended the score lines. Cut along the solid lines.
Circle Label pop-up insert. Place the die with the cutting side on the paper, lining up the two marks on the die with the place where you want the fold to be, and make sure there is an equal distance to each side of the paper. To make sure the die wouldn't shift, I taped masking tape on top, first making it less sticky by taping it on my clothes. Since my card is wide, I couldn't use the Pop 'n Cuts base die, but instead placed it in my ordinary base tray.
Karen shows how to attach the floor in her video. First tape the pop-up to your cardbase, then place the floor flat, remove the tape backing at the top of the floor, and fold the top part of the card over it. Then attach the front of the floor.
I added a little mini staple on each side at the front to make sure it would stick, and a piece of lace (to hide the slightly uneven paper).
Ribbon Tree 3-D pop-up from green kraft core cardstock. This is meant to be a pop-up, but can be used as a flat embellishment too. It is such a pretty tree (check back on Saturday when I'll be using it as a pop-up). Carefully sand to reveal the kraft core.
Ribbon tree from the Noel Sizzlits set from the red paper, twice. The second time, turn the red paper around (facing upwards), since the trees are mirror images of each other. Glue to the trees and add baubles with Golden Rod Stickles.
Ornate Plate from manila cardstock, colour with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and when dry, stamp with a script stamp.
Flagpole die to cut strips, this works nice since they are already reinforced. Alternatively you can cut strips of cardstock and glue together. Make a little foot and tape to the bottom of the floating floor, using a strong tape (this step is much easier to see in Karen's video).
Christmas Words folder and dry emboss a piece of green kraft core cardstock, sand and cut out a word.
stars from a left over piece of patterned paper, which was first covered with Frosted Film. A piece of wire was sandwiched between two stars and I placed one in his hand, and a larger star on the circle pop-up.
Thanks so much for looking at this long tutorial!
Happy Christmas crafting!
Dies: Sizzix: Circle Label 3-D pop-up, Ribbon Tree 3-D pop-up, Ornate Plate Bigz, Noel Set Sizzlits, Party Set #2 Sizzlits, Flagpole w/Lantern & Sign Sizzlits
Embossing folder: Christmas Words & Dots
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Classics #10, Classicts #9, Mini Holidays #4, Christmas Time, Mini Holidays #2; Hero Arts Printer's Lowercase alphabet stamps
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Seasonal Paper Stash, Frosted Film; Core'dinations Tim Holtz kraft core cardstock; Ranger manila cardstock, Metal foil; acetate
Ink: Distress Ink: Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Stazon Jet Black
Alcohol ink: Adirondack Red Pepper, Meadow, Caramel, Gold
Stain: Distress Stain Tarnished Brass
Stickles: Golden Rod
Embossing powder: gold
Adhesive: Ranger Wonder Tape, Glossy Accents
Other: wire, lace
Monday, November 26, 2012
This week our challenge theme at Simon Says Stamp and Show is 'a project with heart'. We have a special guest this week on the blog, Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Don't miss his fabulous project, and he'll post a tutorial for it on Wednesday.
I love using hearts and I found a forgotten blank wooden heart which I can't even remember when I bought and decided to alter it. Love it when something gets a whole new life.
I had lots of fun making this little wall-hanging. I love mixing different types of metal and this heart was a great surface to play on. First, I adhered a piece of aluminium tape to glossy cardstock and embossed it with a clock folder. Then it was glued to the wooden heart. I painted the heart cream and wiped off the paint from the embossed parts. The heart was inked with Aged Mahogany distress ink and a little bit of Black Soot. Then I embossed the whole heart with clear embossing powder (distress ink wouldn't dry on metal, but the embossing powder seals the ink). Finally, the edges of the heart were distressed with a bit of Pitch Black paint.
I printed some old photo boot photos on ordinary cardstock and used one of my dad and me on the heart. More photos were added in a little Vintaj inchie book. The Vintaj brass blanks aren't only for jewellery making, they are great for making your own embellishments too.
The sentiment is a part of the long narrow stamp in Tim Holtz's Stamper's Anonymous Stuff to Say set, it is perfect to use for small sentiments - and I often like to use small sized sentiments. I glued it to a piece of Film Strip ribbon, which was attached to the heart so that it forms a dimensional 'bridge'. I attached it with the screw eyes that hold the gear and the little key.
hearts were die cut from grungeboard, painted with Juniper dabber, covered with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with Distress Stickles Rock Candy dry glitter, love that stuff. The little heart charm was in my stash, I painted it with Agate Patina ink. The gears were distressed with a bit of Moss Patina ink.
lovely tree was embossed on a Vintaj Blank Journal Page. You can get a lot of different images out of one Sizzix Vintaj DecoEmboss folders, depending on the size and shape of the blank you use and where you place it. The grass was painted with Moss and the sky and tree with Agate. I used the reliefing block to remove the paint from the tree and the strands of grass. All the Vintaj pieces were painted with the Ranger Vintaj sealer to protect them.
gears and keys, to fit the theme of the heart, painted with the same inks and then burnished.
I hope you will join us this week and show us your creations 'with heart'. We love looking at all the gorgeous submissions to the challenge every week. As always, our fabulous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant.
Thanks so much for visiting!
Dies: Sizzix Hearts Set Movers & Shapers
Embossing folders: Sizzix: Clocks & Printblocks, Sizzix Vintaj: Moonlit Night, Steampunk Parts, Lowercase Typewriter
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stuff to Say
Ink: Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany, Black Soot, Vintage Photo; Archival Ink Jet Black
Paint: Adirondack paint dabbers: Sandal, Pitch Black, Juniper
Patina ink: Ranger Vintaj patina ink: Retro Highway kit, Weathered Copper kit, Ranger Vintaj Glaze Sealer
Embossing powder: Ranger clear embossing powder
Glitter: Ranger Distress Stickles Rock Candy dry glitter
Surfaces: Ranger foil tap sheets, Manila cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology grungeboard; 7Gypsies Postale Ledger Journal 8x8 pad
Embellishments: Vintaj Blank Journal Page, Blank Tiny Artisan Star; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears, Timepieces, Game Spinners, Filmstrip Ribbon, Screw Eyes; 7Gypsies 9 Miniature Keys Antique Brass,
Tools: Vintaj reliefing block; Sizzix Big Shot
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents
Other: jump rings, wire, heart charm
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Hello! We have another wonderful CSI case file this week. I am always extra happy when it includes red, because I have so many photos featuring a large amount of red, like the ones I used here.
The journaling is on the back of the layout. It's about how my son got interested in 'Queen' (that's his name for McQueen :) and about this day when he was dressed up from top to toe in McQueen clothes. I also wrote a little piece about McQueen 'etiquette' and compared the fast little red car to my son: 'never sit still, always full speed fun, wanting to decide everything yourself, being kind and helping your friends, always be happy and cheerful, no fear.'
Party Set #2 die and stamped with a pattern stamp, from Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Ultimate Grunge set.
Karen Burniston's Love set.
Cargo Stencil Number die, painted black and the coated with Golden Rod Stickles. I also use a left over piece of brick wall die cut.
Thank you for looking!
Dies: Sizzix Gadget Gears, Mini Gears, Mini Tickets, Love Set, Brick Wall, Cargo Stencil Numbers, Brick Wall, Party Set #2
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Warehouse District, Stuff to Say, Ultimate Grunge, Road Trip; Odds & Ends, Classics #7; Artistic Outpost: Neverland, Think and Wonder; Simon Says Stamp: Beautiful Words
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black;
Embossing powder: Ranger Rust Antiquities, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder
Paint: Ranger Jenni Bowlin Soap Powder dabber
Stickles: Golden Rod
Surfaces: Prima ledger patterned paper; Sizzix Little Sizzles mat board; white cardstock
Embellishments: Making Memories metal mesh, Disney Cars tattoos